Creating musical sounds

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Learn how different instruments produce music and how we classify them as musical instruments. Explore the role of vibrations and sound waves in creating music. Discover the meaning of key terms and identify the primary and secondary vibrators in common instruments. Understand how specific frequencies correspond to the natural frequencies of the primary vibrator. Determine whether a sound is transient or sustained. Start your musical journey now!

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How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something whether a piano or a vacuum cleaner is actually a musical instrument? In this free course, Creating musical sounds, we investigate the way vibrations and sound waves are harnessed to create music.Please note: This course contains several Flash activities

Which are no longer playable. These are being updated. This course can still be

Studied, but you may like to postpone your study for now if you would rather

Have the full experience.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

Explain correctly the meaning of the emboldened terms in the main text and use them correctly in context

Identify whether a given sound source can be classed as a musical instrument and explain why (Activity 2)

Identify the primary vibrator and any secondary vibrators in the most common types of instrument (Activity 3)

Appreciate that, when a note is played, a musical instrument vibrates strongly at certain specific frequencies and that these frequencies correspond to the natural frequencies of the primary vibrator

(Activity 4)

Determine whether the sound from a given instrument is transient or sustained (Activity 5)

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